Louis I. Kahn is considered one of the 20th century's greatest architects and teachers. This volume presents some of his most renowned buildings and projects, including the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Yale Center for British Art and the National Assembly complex at Dacca, Bangladesh. Six essays addressing different dimensions of Kahn's work and his philosophy of architecture are accompanied by drawings, floorplans and commissioned photographs. A biographical chronology and select bibliography conclude the book.
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David B. Brownlee is professor of the history of art, University of Pennsylvania. David G. De Long is professor of architecture, University of Pennsylvania. Vincent Scully is Sterling Professor emeritus of the history of art at Yale University. Julia Moore Converse is the director of the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.
New photography by Grant Mudford.
Architect Louis Kahn discovered late in life how to transform the ruins of ancient Rome into modern buildings. His pursuit of an ideal geometric order was informed by a keen sense of history. Based on platonic shapes, his buildings, at once monumental and human in scale, marked the end of the international style and opened the way for a revival of vernacular and classical traditions. These themes are documented in a lavishly illustrated retrospective survey which accompanies a traveling exhibition. Brownlee, associate professor of art history, and DeLong, professor of architecture, both at the University of Pennsylvania, track Kahn's prodigious career in intimate essays followed by a 160-page pictorial section analyzing 14 key projects. Simultaneously Rizzoli is also publishing Louis I. Kahn: Writings, Lectures, Interviews , edited by Alessandra Latour, which includes Kahn's essays, philosophical meditations and free-verse poems, and The Paintings and Sketches of Louis I. Kahn , by Jan Hochstim (see review above).
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